Wellington, Feb 08 : South Africa ODI team skipper AB de Villiers believes that fears surrounding New Zealand, that they haven't been exposed to genuine pace and it could prove to be their weakness in the World Cup, are off the mark as he feels that the Black Caps' paceman Adam Milne can make the difference for them.
New Zealand dominated recent ODI series against Pakistan, home and away, and against Sri Lanka at home and the only series they've lost since October 2013 is to De Villiers' South Africa at the start of the summer.
However, many have pointed out that New Zealand's World Cup build-up has lacked a serious examination by a quality pace attack. Neither Sri Lanka nor Pakistan have a genuine quick like Australia's Mitchell Johnson or South Africa's Dale Steyn and the New Zealanders could allegedly struggle when they come up against out and out pace. Stuff.co.nz reported.
However, De Villiers disagrees and has suggested that time in the nets facing New Zealand's own paceman, Milne, is ample preparation for them.
The South Africa skipper insisted that if one prepares in a certain way and faces that pace over and over, then obviously they are going to get used to it.
Meanwhile, Milne's New Zealand teammate Ross Taylor was confident that the tournament hosts were up for the challenge, saying that when the team is playing so well, people will find things to be picky at.
Taylor claimed that facing Milne at full speed is pretty scary.